Beth Ford, Land O’ Lakes CEO, to Address Students at Ag Career Exploration Day

Tulare, CA –The International Agri-Center® is hosting the inaugural Ag Career Exploration Day for local high school and college students on Wednesday, March 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Previously known as “Ag Career Expo,” the day is highlighted by a keynote address from guest speaker Beth Ford, Land O’ Lakes CEO. The goal of the event is to help students explore careers in agriculture that await them after graduation from high school and college.

According to Kerissa Chapman, Ag Education Manager for the International Agri-Center®, “Ag Career Exploration Day provides students with a first-hand opportunity to learn from professionals in a variety of ag careers. The industry representatives that will be speaking are CEOs, directors, ag inspectors, and range from ag marketing to ag science. Our goal is to prepare students and educate them on the multitude of careers in agriculture.”

The morning begins with an ice breaker and introduction of career opportunities. Students will then go to various break-out sessions inside the Farm Credit Dairy Center at the International Agri-Center®. After a networking lunch, students will hear a keynote address from Beth Ford, Land O’ Lakes CEO. The day will conclude with an educational panel from Universal Technical, College of the Sequoias, Modesto Junior College, Fresno State, and Cal Poly.

The revamped event was developed by the International Agri-Center® in partnership with Tyler Ribeiro, Workforce Investment Board, and Vanguard Ag. Limited space for attendees is still available upon request. Educators are invited to reach out to Kerissa Chapman at for more information.

The event is made available to high school teachers and students in area school districts by invitation only. Media outlets are welcome to cover the private event.

The International Agri-Center® is located at 4500 S. Laspina St. in Tulare, CA. The Ag Career Exploration Day event will take place in the Corteva Agriscience Center, formerly known as “Building C,” and Farm Credit Dairy Center.


International Agri-Center® is home to the AgVentures!® Learning Center and Museum, World Ag Expo®, the California Antique Farm Equipment Show®, and the Harvest Festival and has a wide range of facility rentals available for any size event.


Tyler Ribeiro, a Dairyman and community member, began Ag Career Expo four years ago to provide students an opportunity to learn about careers in agriculture. In 2017, the International Agri-Center® partnered with Ribeiro to continue to bring more students and ag industry representatives together.


Workforce Investment Board (WIB) makes critical investments in workforce training and education so that businesses can compete and prosper. Our strategic priorities include High Growth Industry Employment and Training, Work Readiness Certificates, Pipeline Strategies, Business Services and Employment Connection.


Vanguard AG is a group of five companies focused on providing growers with the best products, services, recommendations, and equipment available in the marketplace. Each company operates and specializes in a specific part of agriculture, but work closely together to ensure that decisions made are what is best for the grower and the future of the farming industry.